The Stalheimskleiva Road

Stalheimskleiva is the name of the 1.5-km-long stretch of road that winds its way up the mountainside from the end of the Nærøydalen valley to the top at Stalheim. It is one of Northern Europe's steepest roads and offers beautiful views.

The Stalheimskleiva road runs up a ridge between two cascading waterfalls that can both be seen from the road. To the north, you can see the Sivlefossen waterfall, which has a fall of about 140 metres. To the south, the Stalheimsfossen waterfall with a fall of 126 metres.

The steepest gradient is 1 to 5, or 20 per cent, which makes Stalheimskleiva one of the steepest stretches of road in Northern Europe. On its way to the top, the road winds its way up 13 sharp hairpin bends. The Stalheimskleiva road was built by manual labour between 1842 and 1846 in order to improve the post road between Oslo and Bergen.

In Stalheimskleiva you can:

  • Look at the spectacular view
  • See two magnificent waterfalls
  • Relax and enjoy the steep road
  • Spend a night at a hotel and continue you tour the next day